Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Centre pledges Rs 5 lakh relief for Chhattisgarh encounter victims’ kin

New Delhi, Even as Union home ministry officials maintain that Friday night\'s encounter in Chhattisgarh, in which eight villagers were killed, was genuine and intelligence-based, they have announced a Rs 2-lakh compensation each for the victims\' kin, in addition to the Rs 3-lakh component to be borne by the Centre in the Rs 5-lakh relief offered by the state government. Whatever the outcome of the judicial enquiry, the compensation — in all Rs 7 lakh each — would reach the kin beforehand.

An official told TOI that the compensation would be released even as the judicial inquiry ordered into the gun-battle between security forces and alleged Maoists near Edasmeta village in southern Chhattisgarh, gets underway. \"Many of the dead were possibly collateral victims...the security forc

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